Technology in Schools (EdSp)

This is an education specialist degree in information science and learning technologies with an emphasis in technology in schools.

This is part of the EdTech program, housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).

The technology in schools emphasis area prepares you to use plan and implement advanced technologies in classrooms and other learning environments.

In this focus area you will engage in professional growth and leadership to:

  • Understand theories and perspectives in using technology to support teaching and learning;
  • Use technology planning, management and integration in an educational setting;
  • Build strategies that advance teaching and learning with technology.

Degree Requirements

The specialist degree is a 30-hour program of specialization built upon the master’s degree. It requires 27 credit hours of course work relevant to the technology in schools competencies plus three credit hours in ESC_PS 7170: Introduction to Applied Statistics. Use specialist degree forms in the Forms section. At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 and 9000 level.

Course Requirements

The curriculum reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Your technology in schools program of study consists of 30 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes course work in three categories:

  • Required courses (12 credit hours)
  • Recommended electives (nine credit hours)
  • Required for specialist degree (three credit hours): Introduction to Applied Statistics

Credit hour limitations:

  • A maximum of six hours of transfer credits
  • A maximum of 12 hours of Problems courses (ISLT 7085 or ISLT 9085)

Brief descriptions of all SISLT courses

Planning

When you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned a faculty adviser. You should email your adviser to begin the program planning process.

Use the Technology in Schools Advising Aid to guide your program planning throughout your program. This aid provides information on the steps you go through in your program: getting started, planning your program of study and portfolio preparation.

For the specialist degree, students need to file these forms:

Portfolio

Your performance in the technology in schools focus area will be assessed through a portfolio process. You should start on your portfolio early in your course work.

Portfolio Assessment

In your online portfolio, you will document your mastery of the ISTE standards through narratives and supporting examples of work. You will work with a faculty adviser to ensure that your portfolio meets all requirements.

Each portfolio includes:

  • Professional resume, including a list of technology in schools-related skills and experiences
  • Documentation of ISTE standards mastery using the ISTE template
  • Self-assessment narrative of your mastery of the ISTE standards with special attention given to the terms learning, evaluation and leadership
  • Reflection paper linking program content to classroom practice
  • Educational technology concept map

Portfolio Details

A portfolio is a website consisting of products and artifacts demonstrating mastery of the technology in schools focus area competencies and ISTE standards. There might be a few elements that are not actually included in the website (e.g., video clips of needs assessment interviews, a network solution you designed), but there is some representation of these products (e.g., a slide show about the interviews; blueprints or design documents for the network). Larger documents can be included as PDF files.

Ideally, products and artifacts are added to the portfolio as the work is completed rather than waiting until the last minute to assemble the portfolio. Creating the portfolio is just like creating any other website: Design it, build it, test it and revise it. Periodically, you will probably add something to the website. If you don’t have easy access to a server to host your portfolio website, SISLT will create an account for you on one of our servers.

In addition, a three-credit-hour seminar is offered to assist students in portfolio development (7378: Portfolio Development). The seminar is designed to be taken after completion of at least 12 credits (including 7377 and either 7360 or 7370) and admission to the program.

The University of Missouri will provide you with server space to house your portfolio and projects for other classes. If you have questions regarding technical issues with your server space, you should contact the MU Help Desk.

A SISLT adviser will examine the portfolio before it is presented for formal review and make suggestions for improvement when warranted.

Presenting and Evaluating Your Portfolio

Portfolios are presented completely online. The portfolio must be available for faculty review on the date given. The portfolio and its presentation are considered collectively. Consideration is given to the entry knowledge and skills of the student and the student’s professional goals. The SISLT review committee examines your portfolio and either passes it or suggests revisions.

The review process asks:

  • Does the student know what the competencies mean?
  • Has the student demonstrated adequate mastery of the competencies?

If a portfolio or presentation is found to be lacking, the student is given the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments (e.g., add elements to the portfolio, enhance the presentation, enhance the products or innovations). A conference call or email correspondence will be used to get the portfolio back on track. The review committee will offer suggestions for additional work or changes to the portfolio. Once the committee is satisfied the competencies are adequately addressed, the portfolio is accepted.

You must be a registered student the semester in which you plan to graduate. Simply put: You cannot finish all of your course work and present your portfolio the following semester without being enrolled in something. This means you must register for at least one course, or there is an exam-only option available for students who have completed all required course work.

Portfolio Samples

Apply

Before You Apply

You may take up to nine hours of SISLT course work prior to being admitted, but:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission;
  • Be sure to take courses that will be included in your program of study – check with the student coordinator office before enrolling;
  • No more than nine hours will count toward your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.

Deadlines

We have rolling admissions, so you can apply to our graduate program whenever you are ready.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Some types of relevant experience
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable): at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

If you don’t meet one of the above standards, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.

How to Apply

  • Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you). If you have electronic versions of your letters of recommendation, you should have these ready as well.
  • Apply using our convenient Apply Yourself online system. Be sure to upload your resume, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
  • Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
    • Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Admission Decisions

Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.

If you must have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our student coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.

Contact

SISLT Student Services Office

Student Coordinator – Amy Adam

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

sislt@missouri.edu

Toll-free: 877-747-5868
Local: 573-882-4546
Fax: 573-884-0122